Aaron Ramsdale: Sheffield United urged to reward England Euro 2020 call-up amid Tottenham and Wolves interest
Sheffield United could recognise Aaron Ramsdale’s call-up to the England’s European Championships squad by renegotiating his contract to ward-off interest in the goalkeeper.
Ramsdale was last night completing his Covid-19 protocols near the Three Lions’ base at St George’s Park after being summoned to Stafforfdshire by Gareth Southgate following Dean Henderson’s withdrawal through injury.
Despite confirming he wants to stay at Bramall Lane despite United’s relegation from the Premier League, Ramsdale has already attracted admiring glances from a number of top-flight clubs having excelled during the second half of last season.
AsThe Star revealed earlier this month, when he was invited to attend a pre-tournament training camp by Southgate, senior figures at United believe Ramsdale is now worth more than double the £18.5m they paid to re-sign him from AFC Bournemouth nearly a year ago.
With their new manager Slavisa Jokanovic keen to work with the former under-21 international, United are now coming under pressure to explore ways of rewarding Ramsdale’s loyalty and progress.
Together with every other member of the group Jokanovic has inherited from his predecessor Chris Wilder, Ramsdale’s wages are set to be reduced next term when United return to the English Football League.
Although financial considerations mean he will still be subject to that cut, Ramsdale’s performance related bonuses could be reviewed as part of a gesture also designed to send a message to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are reportedly monitoring his situation.
After initially being culled from Southgate’s plans for Euro 2020, Ramsdale yesterday received permission from UEFA to link-up with his fellow countrymen when Henderson, a former United loanee, succumbed to a hip complaint.
Ramsdale started his career with United, progressing through their Steelphalt Academy youth system, before being sold to AFC Bournemouth in 2017.
Despite making a chequered start to the previous campaign, he grew in stature as the fixture schedule unfolded and was named United’s player of the season before last mointh’s home game against Burnley.
Ramsdale is expected to be selected among the substitutes for England’s latest group match, against Scotland, at Wembley on Friday. United midfielder John Fleck could appear for the visitors.